Quincy, MA
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Quincy is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 93,688 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Quincy is the eighth largest community in Massachusetts. Quincy has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Housing costs in Quincy are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Quincy is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.11% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Quincy is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Quincy who work in office and administrative support (13.28%), sales jobs (9.37%), and management occupations (9.31%).

Also of interest is that Quincy has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Quincy is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Quincy is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Quincy, the average commute to work is 35.10 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Quincy’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Quincy is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Quincy area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Quincy is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 42.15% of adults in Quincy have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Quincy in 2010 was $35,622, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $142,488 for a family of four. However, Quincy contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Quincy is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Quincy home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Quincy residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Quincy include Italian, English, German, and French .

Quincy also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 31.24%.

The most common language spoken in Quincy is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Vietnamese.